Things to do on the Garden Route

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Things to do on the Garden Route

South Africa’s Garden Route is a magnificent stretch of coastline that runs from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The Garden Route is a must-see destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and anyone eager to explore the great outdoors, thanks to its scenic splendor, many ecosystems, and tons of activities.

Tsitsikamma National Park
Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park

Tsitsikamma National Park is a highlight of the Garden Route, offering a mix of coastal and forest landscapes. Visitors can attempt the renowned Otter Trail, a five-day hike that takes you through some of the most picturesque parts of the park. For those looking for a less strenuous outing, there are plenty of shorter trails, like the Mouth Trail, which leads to the suspension bridge over the Storms River Mouth.

Knysna Waterfront
Knysna Waterfront

Knysna

Knysna is a charming town nestled between the Outeniqua Mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Knysna Heads, two sandstone cliffs guarding the entrance to the Knysna Lagoon, offer spectacular views. Visitors can take a boat tour to explore the lagoon, visit Featherbed Nature Reserve, or simply enjoy fresh seafood at the waterfront. The annual Knysna Oyster Festival is a must for foodies.

Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay

Plettenberg Bay, or just Plett as it’s affectionately known, has some of the most beautiful beaches on the Garden Route. Robberg Beach and Lookout Beach offer pristine sands and excellent conditions for swimming and sunbathing. For a unique experience, visit the Robberg Nature Reserve for a chance to see seals, dolphins and even whales during migration season.

Sedgefield
Sedgefield

Wilderness National Park

Wilderness National Park is the ideal stomping ground for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Activities include canoeing down the Touw River, hiking the many trails and bird watching. The park is also known for its diverse birdlife, making it a popular spot for birders.

Gondwana Game Reserve
Gondwana Game Reserve

Gondwana Game Reserve

While the Garden Route is known for its coastal beauty, it is also home to several game reserves. A visit to one of these reserves, such as the Gondwana Game Reserve, offers the chance to see the Big Five in a malaria-free environment.

Rust-en-Vrede Oudtshoorn
Rust-en-Vrede Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn

A turn inland to Oudtshoorn to explore the fascinating Cango Caves is a must. Guided tours will enlighten visitors about the intricate limestone formations, underground chambers and cathedral-like caverns that date back millions of years.

Bloukrans Bridge
Bloukrans Bridge

Bloukrans Bridge

For adrenaline junkies, a visit to the Bloukrans Bridge is a must. Plunge 216 meters into the gorge below on the world’s highest commercial bungee jump and experience the ultimate thrill of freefall amid stunning natural scenery.

Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay

Jeffreys Bay is a surfer’s paradise with its world-class surfing conditions. With waves suitable for beginners and pros alike, it’s the perfect spot to catch a wave or simply soak up the sun on the pristine beaches. Surf schools and shops dot the area, making it easy for everyone to dive into the surfing culture.

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